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March 2, 2023 / Schafer

Guest Reader Day at Schafer

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On February 27, Schafer Elementary School held “Guest Reader Day” in classrooms throughout the school. During this special day, students and staff welcomed members from the D45 community to read books and discuss their roles within the community.

To kick off the day’s events, the Sharks were treated to a fun and interactive performance by storyteller and actor Chris Fascione, who charmed his audience with his one-man show, “Bringing Literature to Life!” During the performance, Fascione incorporated his comedic and mime skills to act out stories from books available to read at the Helen Plum Public Library.

Following the performance, members of the D45 community, including business owners, healthcare and public service professionals, educators, and many more, visited classrooms to read to students.

Jessica Vizcarra, a 4th and 5th-grade bilingual teacher at Schafer who helped coordinate the event, was excited to welcome community members to help celebrate literature and motivate students to read.

“Events like these are important because they show students the community is invested in them,” Vizcarra said. “When members of our community come to read to our students, it sends students the message that reading is important.”

Diana Wirth, Schafer’s literacy leader who joined Vizcarra and D45’s Community Engagement Coordinator, Claudia Garcia, in the planning of the event, said the event offered students the opportunity to hear fluent reading as they listened closely to guests.

“Students were all ears for their guest readers,” Wirth said. “They loved hearing guests from the community share a bit about what they do for a living.”

Guest Reader Day helped the school gear up for Read Across America week, which offered students additional opportunities to have fun with literature, including wearing crazy socks, dressing up like the professional they want to become, and reading a book that inspires them to draw.

What a way to celebrate literature, Sharks! And to all our community guest readers, thank you for engaging and motivating our students! What a wonderful community we are a part of!

GUEST READERS

 

Christina Betz-Cahill
D45 staff

Megan Britton
Lombard Veterinary Hospital

Leticia Carmona
D45 staff

Judy Degnan
D45 Board of Education

Ruth Ebbinghaus
Villa Park Public Library

Heidi Geatros
Villa Park Public Library

Eric Haimann
Villa Park Police Department

Navreet Heneghan
D45 Board of Education and lawyer

Hannah Hippensteel
Villa Park Public Library

Stephanie Huizinga
D45 staff

Patty Ibarra
Tri-Town YMCA

Shari Jurgensen
Dr. Jurgensen & Associates

Brian Kalbfleish
Retro Glow Cycles

Kelli Kasperski
Villa Park Fire Department

Al Legutki
D45 Board of Education and music professor

Tiffany Littlefield
Chawla Orthodontics

Abby MacKinnon
Chawla Orthodontics

Mina Mercado
Chawla Orthodontics

Marina Luciano
Sport Clips

Greg Ludwig
Lombard Veterinary Hospital

Steve Lyons
Villa Park Fire Department

Tony Palmisano
Superintendent of D45

Carmen Peterson
Chawla Orthodontics

Maria Pickerill
Dominick’s Pizza & Pasta

Beth Slusher
D45 staff

Lisa Speakman
D45 staff

Erika Suarez
D45 staff

Tim Wegner
United Airlines